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Frank belongs to the hidden world of over the road truckers. One of the hidden societies that we all see but few know or even give a second glance. He has driven away from his family and all human emotion to the point where he is more a truck part than a human being. It is during a terrific Christmas storm that Frank is stranded with a young girl with her deathly sick mother on a remote Montana Ranch that things change.
How do we know and understand who we really are as human beings? The concept of 'the self' is central to many strands of psychology and philosophy. This book tackles the problem of how to define persons and selves and discusses the ways in which different disciplines, such as biology, sociology and philosophy, have dealt with this topic. Richard S. Hallam examines the notion that the idea of the self as some sort of entity is a human construction and, in effect, a virtual reality. At the same time, this virtual self is intimately related to the reality of ourselves as biological organisms. Aiming to integrate a constructionist understanding of self with the universalizing assumptions that are needed in natural science approaches, this text is unique in its attempt to create a dialogue across academic disciplines, while retaining a consistent perspective on the problem of relating nature to culture.
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